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english country dances


First and Third Sundays
Dance Managers: Tom Spittler and Kathy Woeltjen

"I love English dancing, love the music, love the variety of moods, from elegant to playful to rowdy, that it encompasses." —Alan Winston

"A variety of spirited and graceful community dances from the 1600's to today are taught and led by experienced teachers from the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to our local teacher, Kalia Kliban, we sometimes feature Bruce Hamilton or David Newitt, among others."

The delectable live music is provided by a variety of local and visiting musicians, including, among many others, Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Janette Duncan and local legend Chuck Ward.

Greatly popular in the sixteenth century, English country dancing was a pleasing, informal alternative to the formal dances requiring great skill. Using little more than walking and skipping, country dance emphasizes movement and interaction rather than steps.

In the U.S., English country dance evolved into contra dance and square dance. American folk dancers will recognize many of the figures.

The dance is held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 2 till 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for members of NBCDS and its affiliates, $12 for non-members, $7 for college students with ID as well as people age 25 and under and $2 for children ages 6 - 17 (under 6 is free). Call 707-829-3478 for more information or contact kalia@nbcds.org.

We dance at Wischemann Hall, two doors away from the Sebastopol Community Center, at 460 Eddie Lane at the end of Morris St., off Hwy. 12, one light east of Hwy. 116.    Here's a map.  Note: This map is for 499 Morris St., which is not, technically speaking, the address of Wischemann Hall.

Wischemann Hall is a small older building to the left of the Sebastopol Teen Center, which is to the left of the Sebastopol Community Center at the end of Morris St. where it turns away from Clahan Park.

If you try to map 460 Eddie Ln. in any of the online map programs, it shows it at the wrong end of Eddie Ln. So please don't do that; just use this link, which really does show you where the hall is.

You may download and print an Adobe Acrobat format (.PDF) flier for this dance.

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